Shakti Teaching Team

Our teachers are hand-picked for their depth of practice, extent of training and passion for the authentic practice of yoga. At every level of physical intensity (from gentle to advanced) our classes infuse the subtle and internal practices of yoga, allowing us to connect to our body and calm our mind. Dedicated to the lifestyle of yoga, our teachers will inspire you to be a healthier, more vibrant, calmer, and happier person. Come practice with us and let us inspire you to let your inner Shakti shine.

  • Alison Zimmer

    Alison Zimmer is a Yoga Shakti 500 hour certified yoga instructor who grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. She took her first yoga class in 2008 at California State University Long Beach because she needed one more unit to graduate from college. Yoga provided Alison with the right amount of effort and ease; she was challenged in a whole new way and hooked from the... read more
  • Anastasia Trujillo

     September 2008 was the time I took my very first yoga class. It turned out to be the first step in a long journey. After a few years of irregular practice, Yoga led me away from my family, friends, job and city life to Delhi, India. I had a deep confidence and strong feeling that I was finally at the place where I was meant to be. I completed a Yoga Teacher Training which was held at the Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute in Delhi. It was an intense, beautiful and... read more
  • Andrea Orrego

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      Andrea was first introduced to Yoga when she was 11 years old. She noticed that the breathing and movement helped to calm her mind. She began a consistent asana practice in 2009. Since then, her physical practice has evolved. She has learned to be in the moment during her practices and she is now able to seek that presence outside of her yoga mat. With the beloved guidance of her teachers she truly and wholeheartedly believes that if you “practice, all is... read more
  • Andrea Rasla

    Andrea started practicing Iyengar yoga in 2002 as a way to calm the mind and gain personal balance while working in a stressful corporate environment. She continued her steady practice and began to feel yoga’s physical benefits as well as its calming effects on her mind. As her children grew, Andrea dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. She started to feel an increasing drive to share the yoga... read more
  • Anne-Tyler Harshbarger

    She enjoyed 16 years of performing on stages across the world as an Atlanta Ballet principal ballerina and Houston Ballet corps member. This very disciplined, yet rewarding career gave her a deep knowledge of body awareness, posture, balance, and an inner ability to live with grace in the midst of challenge. Also a world-wide professional DJ for the past 12 years, her international music influences... read more
  • Arpine Sarkessian

      My search for focus, calmness and some quiet in my mind led me to soak my toes into the endless ocean of yoga back in 2008. My experiences are influenced by studying with masters and yoga teachers from different countries and different traditions which have added juice to the journey of Self-discovery. I began practicing at Shakti Studio during my pregnancy not only to stay fit but also to learn how to make the best decision possible for the birth and... read more
  • Ashlee Goite

    Ashlee was introduced to yoga when her first “real” job drove her to seek physical and mental relief from being desk-bound for the first time. Her first class was an Ashtanga class with Dawn Yager in Myrtle Beach, and she never looked back. In yoga, she found a physical release for her energy, and the centering effects of this moving meditation improved her relationships with herself and her loved ones.... read more
  • Brynn Rybacek Yniguez

    As a yoga instructor, I feel that my role is to inspire students to move and live in a more mindful and intentional way. My teaching style is influenced by over two decades of studying with master yoga and meditation teachers from a variety of traditions including but not limited to Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Viniyoga, Yin, Restorative, Shadow, Power, Bhakti, and Insight Meditation. My teaching is also... read more
  • Dana Hermocillo

    Dana began practicing yoga during 2010 to bring calm and ease to her mind during her hectic college days. After retuning home and practicing at Yoga Shakti for a few years, she knew she wanted to share this practice with others. Dana completed the 200-hour foundational training at Yoga Shakti, and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour advanced training. In her own practice, she likes to challenge her body in new ways, increasing her knowledge of advanced poses to... read more
  • Derynne Samson

    Our bodies are sacred vessels that speak to us through the language of sensation. By listening to the heart and feeling the body, we heal and discover the soul. Derynne’s journey began 23 years ago when she discovered that yoga was the perfect medicine for chronic depression. The practice of yoga, meditation and soul writing led to the discovery that her body held onto the experiences of stress and trauma.... read more
  • Diana Pipaloff

    Diana began practicing yoga in 1994 with a desire to gain a spiritual practice. The thirst for the spiritual runs in her veins as she comes from a family of yoga practitioners; in 1850 her great grandfather practiced yoga in Eastern Europe. Her father had a very disciplined practice at the age of 15. Her mother also practiced and introduced her to yoga while Diana was still in her teens. Prior to discovering yoga Diana was... read more
  • Gennavie Johnson

    Gennavie Johnson is a RYT 200hr Yoga Shakti graduate and a Children's Yoga Instructor. Searching for balance after moving to California from Idaho, Genna soon found Yoga. When she started practicing yoga, she fell in love with the challenging yet relaxing nature and immediately wanted to share that joy with others. Genna believes Yoga should be fun, inviting, and invigorating.  Teaching youth how to listen to their inner mind and body while having fun at the same time... read more
  • Ivy Tomashoff

    Yoga found me when I was thirty-eight and attended my first yoga class. Yoga sought to teach me about the connections between the mind, the body, reality and love. Yoga continues to inspire me to be the best that I can be. After completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training, I launched right into teaching Restorative and Yin yoga, then Gentle and Senior yoga. I learned about Hatha yoga, chanting, pranayama and meditation. I continue to... read more
  • Jacinthe Mitchell

    Jacinthe Mitchell Jacinthe Mitchell has been practicing yoga for seven years and has completed the challenging Fourth Series in Ashtanga and is now learning the Fifth Series. Jacinthe was hooked with her first yoga class and became a dedicated Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow practitioner ever since.  She has a great love for her students and is always working hard to keep them challenged while having fun!  Jacinthe is known for her warm and approachable style of teaching that... read more
  • Jonah Montes

     I started teaching Yoga in 2015 because I realized there is so much more to the practice than just the physical benefits: there is healing and growth. As a teacher, I hope to share the healing aspect of yoga to anyone who is in need of it. I love teaching Yoga because I not only get to contribute to a student’s yoga journey as a guide but also as a witness to the growth and progression they experience through their practice. My teaching style is gentle Yin-inspired... read more
  • Joy Millea

    Joy first tried yoga in 1999 as a means to stay physically fit during her first pregnancy, but didn’t begin a steady practice until Yoga Shakti opened their first studio doors in 2002. It was her curiosity about the philosophy seated in the ancient practice that drew her in the second time. Having been on a spiritual quest for some years, Joy found inspiration in the pages of the Bhagavad Gita and a home to study the sacred... read more
  • Kathie Nichols

    Kathie began practicing Yoga 15 years ago. She's an Alumni of Yoga Shakti's 200 and 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training. She started teaching in order to deepen her own practice and then discovered that she loves to teach! Her classes are fun and challenging; her favorite poses are balances and inversions. When she is not teaching Yoga, you will find her in the corporate world or in her living room doing headstands with her tweens. [hc-hmw... read more
  • Kelly Angeley

    Kelly Angeley has a background in marine biology, fine art and art history. She received her BA from Western Washington University, with a focus in painting and a minor in art history. She runs a successful jewelry business and has also taught beadweaving classes across the country. Kelly authored her first beadweaving book in 2012, which was a best seller craft book on Amazon. Kelly First discovered yoga in 1999 when her best friend... read more
  • Kristin Geiger

    Kristin started practicing yoga in college as a means of cross training when she was preparing to run marathons. Once in the corporate world, it helped her relieve tension and stress after long hours spent working in the fashion industry of New York. Somewhere along the way she began to tune into the subtle benefits she felt after doing yoga and became increasingly interested in its traditions and... read more
  • Laura Peters

    Laura began practicing yoga on and off many years ago as a means of restoring her health and finding reconnection with herself. When she began taking classes at Yoga Shakti in 2013, she not only began to deepen her practice and her appreciation for yoga, but was also inspired to take it to the next level. Laura is a graduate of Yoga Shakti’s 500 RYT and RPYS Prenatal Teacher Training program. Laura’s goal through... read more
  • Linda Turner

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    In 2007, Linda began practicing yoga as a way of relieving constant stress and tension in her neck, shoulders and back caused by being a Dental Hygienist for over 20 years.  She felt amazing relief in her body after several classes. What surprised her most was how calm and peaceful her mind felt after class.   From that point on, she became a dedicated and life long yoga practitioner.  Inspired by her family, Linda completed her 200, 300 and Prenatal teacher training at Yoga... read more
  • Mariza Mendoza

    Mariza was introduced to the science of Yoga when a friend invited her to attend a Yoga Philosophy course being offered through Yoga Shakti Wellness Center. Mariza knew early on that she wanted to share the experience of classical hatha yoga with others. In 2006 she completed Yoga Shakti’s Teacher Training Program. Thanks to the guidance of Yoga Shakti’s Director Diana Pipaloff and esteemed teacher... read more
  • Morgan Mekertichian

    Morgan studied International Relations and Peace Studies at University and has experience working in the Arts. After taking her first yoga class in her teens, she found a connection to the quiet space that the practice created. During her time working abroad in the arts and peace-building field, she reflected that one of the most profound ways she knows how to actively create peace in her life is through her yoga practice. This connection led Morgan to delve deeper into the... read more
  • Nandini Narayanan

    Nandini’s Yoga home is Yoga Shakti where she feels most whole, of sound body-mind, on solid ground-for this she remains grateful to have received the guidance, mentorship and confidence to be a Yoga teacher, from her teacher Diana Pipaloff and mentor Valerie Fowler. She has been firmly rooted in the field of psychological, spiritual and physical health as a licensed clinical social worker trained in medical... read more
  • Pedro Goite

    Yoga has changed my life. It has brought me to greater physical awareness and health. It has helped me to relieve stress from work pressures and improved my concentration. I hope to share this experience with others, to help them receive the benefits from yoga that I have. I was born in Caracas Venezuela, where  I was always physically active, playing soccer and baseball as a kid. I have continued to be... read more
  • Samantha Gutierrez

    Samantha first discovered yoga in 2008 in her search for a healthy physical activity. During the next few years she pursued her degree in Psychology at CSULB, where yoga’s calming effects provided clarity and comfort in times of stress as a working student. As she began to practice yoga more regularly, positive changes in her behavior started to unfold. She was slower to react and found herself... read more
  • Suzanne Yeo

    Suzanne Yeo is an HB local who has been teaching athletic/vinyasa flow classes since 2000, and group fitness since 1981. She has blended the two disciplines to create multi-layered classes, with the goal of having something for everyone within each sequence. She received her B.S. in Physical Education from Cal Poly SLO and has been through numerous trainings over the years for fitness and yoga. This, along with her background in sports, fitness and being a 5 year breast cancer survivor has shaped the way she teaches. She understands what it is to feel strong and invincible in a... read more
  • Tara Chander

    Tara’s yoga journey began at age 12 as she sought simple answers to life’s basic questions. Her spiritual search, travels and studies around the world led her to the Masters of the Himalayas and the sacred rainforests of India. An educator by profession,Tara has practiced yoga and meditation as a way of life.   She has formally studied Gentle Yogic Movement, Pranayama and Meditation in a 200 hour program in Bangalore, India and recently completed Yoga Shakti’s 200 hour Teacher Training Course. Mother Nature has been one of Tara’s greatest inspirations; Nature's natural laws of... read more
  • Valerie Fowler

    Valerie Fowler is certified at the E-RYT 500 level through Yoga Alliance, with more than 4,000 hours of classroom teaching experience. She completed both her foundational 200-hour and advanced 300-hour trainings at Yoga Shakti with Diana Pipaloff. She started practicing yoga asana in 2002, and a short time later met her teacher, Jnana Nanda Bharati, whose unbroken spiritual lineage is more than 5,000 years... read more